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Santa Monica State Beach

  • 1642 Promenade Map It
  • Santa Monica
  • Beach–Sight
  • Santa Monica beach, Santa Monica, Venice, Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

The first beach you'll hit after the Santa Monica Freeway (I–10) runs into the Pacific Coast Highway, wide and sandy Santa Monica is the place for sunning and socializing. Be prepared for a mob scene on summer weekends, when parking becomes an expensive ordeal. Swimming is fine (with the usual post-storm pollution caveat); for surfing, go elsewhere. For a memorable view, climb up the stairway over the PCH to Palisades Park, at the top of the bluffs. Free summer-evening concerts are held on the pier on Thursday nights. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

Sight Information


1642 Promenade, PCH at California Incline, Santa Monica, California, 90401, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $10 parking
  • Parking, lifeguard (year-round), restrooms, showers

Published 06/07/2016


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